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Brenda Gael Smith


About my artwork

I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching demonstrating the transformative power of stitch. Abstraction is a persistent and insistent force. Working improvisationally, I capture the essence of my subjects to impart a sense of wonder of the natural world and a strong affinity to place.

Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.

On Exhibition

Learn with Brenda!

Join Brenda in 2022 for 3-hour live, interactive workshops optimised for Zoom:

•  FUNdamentally Circles: 6-9am Thursday 3 February
•  FUNdamentally Circles: 9am-12noon Saturday 12 February
•  Beyond FUNdamentally Circles: 6-9am Thursday 3 March
•  Geometricks: 6-9am Thursday 10 March
•  Geometricks: 9am-12 noon Saturday 12 March
•  Strip Ease: 5-8am Thursday 7 April
•  Line Dancing: 5-8am Thursday 19 May
•  The X Factor: 5-8am Thursday 2 June
• Abstraction in Action Group One: 10, 11 & 24 Feb and 24 March from 6am
•  Abstraction in Action Group Two: 7, 8 & 21 May and 18 June from 5pm (good for Europe)


Global Quilt Connection

Gobal Quil ConnectionCheck out the Global Quilt Connection which showcases teachers from around the world available for virtual workshops, on-demand classes and presentations.

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